There are many ways of becoming involved in the life of the parish. Here are some of the Committees that help Sacred Heart run smoothly. Any skills you have can be put to good use!
All activities and committees within the Sacred Heart Parish come under the umbrella of the PPC.
PPC meetings are held quarterly, and all are invited to attend. Representatives from all the different groups and committees report back into the PPC, which, along with Fr Bernard, guides the future actions of the Sacred Heart parish.
The Finance Committee assists the Parish Priest in the administration and control of the goods of the Parish and fulfils other functions such as budgetary, fundraising and financial planning in relation to property etc.
Members of the Committee count collections after the weekend Masses and also run the Gift Aid Scheme. Parishioners are encouraged to join the Gift Aid Scheme as it costs nothing more than their usual weekly offerings but the Parish gets 25p back for every pound donated. For anyone who pays tax it is the easiest way of increasing the income given to the Parish. The Gift Aid Scheme is operated totally confidentially.
The Buildings Committee is responsible for maintaining the fabric of the church, the presbytery and the Parish Centre. This covers organising painters, plumbers, electricians etc as required, as well as ensuring things like fire and smoke detectors are covered by service contracts. Routine ongoing work such as clearing gutters, dealing with any leaks or other problems are dealt with as they occur.
The Fundraising Committee holds fundraising events throughout the year to raise money to support the parish financially.
A Charity shop is held in the Parish Centre each Tuesday and Wednesday, which as well as being somewhere to recycle unused items of clothes and household goods, has a very lively community feel and provides a good financial contribution to the Church.
The big events in the year are the Summer and Christmas fair which the Fundraising Committee help plan and co-ordinate.